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MechWarrior (pilot)

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As soon as the first [[BattleMechs]] began to dominate the battlefields of the twenty-fifth century, the humans that piloted these awesome machines began to gain a power and influence well-beyond other soldiers on the field. An entire social class soon formed around those who piloted these increasingly important war machines. These so-called [[MechWarrior|MechWarriors]]s, the modern incarnation of knights, were given the monumental task of defending their homelands and their rulers. As with the middle ages of Europe on ancient [[Terra]], these MechWarriors were made knights, given honors and some even bestowed royal titles, conveying authority over entire worlds and more. This romantic image of the MechWarrior-knight has eroded somewhat over the past few decades, but it remains strong in the hearts of the [[Inner Sphere]]'s people.
During the [[Succession Wars]], many MechWarriors owned their 'Mechs and passed them down through generations. It was not uncommon that a 'Mech might be centuries-old with numerous repairs and replacements. That custom has changed radically during following the conclusion of the past half-century[[Fourth Succession War]]. Nowadays, The recovery of a [[Star League]] library core resulted in the rediscovery of much [[Lostech|lostech]]; only the Great Houses can could afford the massive amounts of new construction that followed the rediscovery of so much lostech. Consequently, House militaries now own most new 'Mechs in service in the Inner Spherein the post-Fourth Succession War period. Among the [[Clans]], all property belongs to the Clan and so a Clansman MechWarrior never owns his 'Mech.
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